Press Releases

COVID-19

COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.

Speeches Shim

June 4, 2021

Today, the United States announced it is providing more than $266 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Afghanistan, whose lives are being impacted by ongoing conflict and who now are facing extreme food insecurity. This funding includes $157.5 million through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan is more than $543 million since Fiscal Year 2020.

June 4, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $57 million will be dedicated to urgently needed tuberculosis (TB) recovery efforts in seven high burden countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Alongside COVID-19, TB is the leading infectious disease killer, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, sickening ten million people and taking 1.4 million lives every year. To address the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on TB services, this assistance will strengthen simultaneous testing for both TB and COVID-19, improve TB diagnosis services, and identify TB cases through contact investigations and community screenings. This commitment represents approximately 19 percent of USAID’s annual TB funding.

June 3, 2021

I am very pleased to announce the start of reforms that will improve USAID’s ability to advance U.S. interests and values and tackle the toughest challenges of our time.

USAID is creating an additional Deputy Administrator position and shifting to a two-Deputy Administrator structure.

June 3, 2021
Press Release

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Gilad Erdan today to discuss reinvigorating USAID’s partnership with Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, MASHAV, the resumption of assistance to the Palestinian people, and supporting the humanitarian response in Gaza.

June 3, 2021

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced more than $239 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria while in Turkey at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Syria. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this new funding will provide critical aid to families in need in Syria, Syrian refugees, and host communities in neighboring countries.

June 2, 2021
Press Release

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has airlifted emergency medical supplies to Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to help save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and continue to meet the urgent health needs across South Asia.

June 2, 2021
Readout

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power met with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed to discuss the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgent response needed to address the grave humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, and the major challenges facing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that have led to irregular migration.

June 1, 2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Every year, the month of June is recognized as Pride Month to honor the contributions to society made by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other people of diverse sexualities and genders (LGBTQ+). Pride Month commemorates the uprising at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, which began on June 28, 1969 and continued for six days. The uprising was led by transgender women of color to demand an immediate end to violent police raids targeting Stonewall’s LGBTQ+ patrons. USAID celebrates this legacy of resistance and honors the courage it takes to live and love authentically through supporting LGBTQ+ programs and research.

May 28, 2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

In recent months, South Sudan has seen a troubling rise in violence against humanitarian workers, including the killing of two aid workers this month. The United States condemns this violence and calls on the Government of South Sudan to protect civilians and humanitarians and to arrest the perpetrators in Renk, Torit, and Jamjang and hold them accountable.

May 28, 2021
Readout

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with UN World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley to discuss several urgent priorities surrounding the response to humanitarian crises around the world, including in Ethiopia, Sudan, Madagascar, and Mozambique.

May 28, 2021
Readout

Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to discuss urgent shared priorities for development and humanitarian assistance during the current surge of COVID-19 across India.

May 28, 2021
Readout

Administrator Power congratulated Vice President Ramírez on her recent appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs. She underscored USAID’s commitment to working with the people and government of Colombia as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic; reactivate the economy and create jobs; and address challenges that have contributed to widespread civil unrest amidst troubling reports of police violence.

May 28, 2021
On-The-Record-Briefing

Thank you, and good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this on-the-record briefing on the details of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget request for the State Department and USAID that was released earlier today. With us on the line are State Department Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian McKeon and the USAID Administrator’s Principal Advisor Mark Feierstein.

May 28, 2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which includes $58.5 billion for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The budget request includes $27.7 billion in fully and partially managed accounts for USAID to support the President’s vision of restoring America’s leadership around the globe. In addition, the American Jobs Plan (AJP) will seek $400 million in mandatory funds over five years, including $80 million in FY 2022, across USAID to develop vibrant clean energy global markets and in turn support job creation in the United States.

May 26, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in Ramallah more than $38 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, in response to recent violence that displaced more than 100,000 people in Gaza and created urgent needs in Gaza and the West Bank.

May 26, 2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I want to wish Buddhists in the United States and around the world a joyous Vesak, a celebration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing.

May 26, 2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the family of an aid worker who was killed, reportedly by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The deceased was a partner with USAID in providing desperately needed aid to the people of the region. Every day humanitarian workers risk their own lives to help those in dire need because of man-made conflicts and natural disasters. We hope that his courage and sacrifice, and that of other humanitarian workers intimidated, threatened, harmed, or killed in the Tigray region will not be in vain, as we work with the people of Ethiopia toward a peaceful resolution and a brighter future.

May 25, 2021

In response to the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 in emergency assistance to provide safe drinking water to people affected and to assist in cholera prevention efforts.

May 21, 2021

I welcome the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to allocate an additional 6,000 H-2B temporary guest worker visas for nationals from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador for 2021. This expands legal pathways for protection and opportunity for the workers of these countries, while helping address critical temporary labor needs in the United States. H-2B visas allow non-agricultural workers in occupations and sectors with critical shortages to work legally in the United States for a limited period of time. 

May 21, 2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

USAID has deep concerns regarding the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly's May 1st vote to remove the Attorney General and all five magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador's Supreme Court, and larger concerns about transparency and accountability. In response, USAID is redirecting assistance away from these institutions, the National Civilian Police, and the Institute for Access to Public Information.

Pages

Last updated: July 01, 2022

Share This Page

Subscribe to Press Releases